SBA meetings

Join an active community of veteran and novice beekeepers and listen to talks from a variety of experts.

Meetings are held at 7PM on the second Wednesday of every month and are open to the public.

Spring/Summer Location:
Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace
461 Quaker Bottom Rd. Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Link to Farm Museum directions

Fall/Winter Location:
Harford County Agricultural Center, 3525 Conowingo Road, Suite 600, Street MD 21154

Past meetings

SBA monthly meeting May 8, 2024 at the Steppingstone Farm Museum Studio building and on Zoom

Wednesday May 8th's meeting begins at 5PM at Steppingstone Farm Museum with live hive time with Cybil Preston, Maryland State Apiary Inspector. She will be demonstrating how she inspects colonies. Members should bring their PPE!

At 7PM, the meeting will continue in the Studio building with a presentation by Cybil regarding Varroa control. This portion of the meeting will be offered in person or zoom. Check your email for the zoom link!

Cybil will also be giving out one Varroa Easy Check Test Kit to all beekeepers who have registered their colonies. If members have not registered their colonies they can do so by downloading the Application for Registration of Honey Bee Colonies and emailing the completed form to Cybil ( or they can register in person with Cybil on May 8th. Colony registration is required by law; colonies must be registered within 30 days and every year thereafter. Registration is free and helps us all to monitor and control diseases. Be a good beekeeping neighbor!

Upcoming Meetings:

Past Meetings (with links to notes, when available)

January 12, 2022 Amy Vu Overview of The BeeMD, lab resources and current research
February 9, 2022 Mark Dykes The Bee Squad Recording: click here for the zoom recording
March 9, 2022 SBA panel Spring management techniques
April 13, 2022 Steve Repasky, EAS. Master beekeeper Swarm prevention with SBA local swarm prevention methods
May 11, 2022 Cybil Preston, MD state bee inspector Pests and diseases
June 8, 2022 Show and tell
September 14, 2022 SBA panel Fall management
October 12, 2022 Bob Kloss The latest information on Oxalic Acid from EPA labeling to the latest science experiment findings
November 9, 2022 Mark Fiegl Excellence in extracted honey
January 11, 2023 Doug Shuman World of Bees
February 8, 2023 SBA Honey exchange
March 8, 2023 Dr. David Peck Your bees in winter and preparing for spring
April 12, 2023 SBA Installing nucs and packages
May 10, 2023 Cybil Preston Queen issues and varroa mite management
June 14, 2023 Clyde Strong, EAS representative
July 12, 2023 SBA Mite monitoring and treatment
September 13, 2023 SBA Winter hive preparation, feeding, and mite treatment
October 11, 2023 Daniel Smith Sideline honey bee business and commercial pollination services
November 8, 2023 Bill Hesbach Thermoregulation and Ventilation "The Condensing Hive Concept"
January 10, 2024 Selina Bruckner Small hive beetle
February 14, 2024 SBA Honey tasting, exchange, and competition
March 13, 2024 Jack Geraghty and Dona Bushong Bee research at Delaware University, and long Langstroth hives
April 10, 2024 Dennis Helmer Queen breeding and queen health